Dividing Colorado

15 Jun

The president of a Brazilian university is trying to change the rules of another college, the electoral college, by bankrolling an initiative in Colorado to award electors proportionally:

J. Jorge Klor de Alva is the major donor to The People's Choice for President – a nonprofit group seeking voters' permission to award Colorado's Electoral College votes proportionally as a percentage of the statewide popular vote.

For example, a candidate who wins 60 percent at the polls could snag five of the state's nine electoral votes, leaving the remaining four to a candidate who wins 40 percent on Election Day.

The group has begun to collect signatures; it needs 67,799 to get the measure on the ballot.

If approved Nov. 2, the constitutional amendment would affect this year's choice for president by immediately permitting the division of Colorado electoral votes. And it would mark the most ambitious Electoral College reform yet in the nation.

An interesting proposal and one that could do some wacky stuff in November.

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